Monday, October 12, 2015

Growing Sprouts

This summer I read several books on self-sufficiency, and one of them mentioned growing sprouts.  I decided to give this a shot, and ordered a sprouting jar set up.  It has three different lids to allow you to flush out the water regardless of the size of your seeds, and it also allows you to have multiple jars going at a time.

I put together a collage to show you the progress over 5 days.  For this jar I just used regular lentils from my pantry.  You can get all sorts of seed assortments specific to sprouting, and I have since ordered a few to try. 

So I started with 1/4 cup of lentils and soaked them overnight.  After that, you start flushing them with water twice a day.  It's really very simple.  The boys enjoy helping and watching the sprouts grow. 

It is a very economic way to get fresh and healthy greens in your diet, with very little effort (and no weeding!) year-round.  Fresh greens for just a quarter in January?  Yes, please!

Readers, do you like sprouts?  How do you like to eat them?

18 comments:

Enie Dub said...

Looks great!

And fun for the boys to see too.

Lin said...

Sprouts aren't on my radar. What do we do with them? I can't wait to see the comments.

Out on the prairie said...

I have grown them for a few decades. A great addition to a sandwich or a meal

Sally said...

Now, that is SO neat. Something else you're teaching the boys, and I know they'll continue to want to watch the growing. :)

Endah Murniyati said...

That's so interesting! I think I should try to make sprouts, from another bean. Here, we can find soy bean sprouts that sold in the markets.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

are the lentil sprouts edible? Are they good? What do you do with them>
very cool!
love
tweedles

Lynn said...

I used to grow our sprouts in Mason jars too-nothing tastes as good as when we do it ourselves. We were sort of forced to be more independent that I'd of liked as we lived on an isolated island with only two ferries a day and one little bitty grocery store with owners that had no imagination nor desire to please their customers...so they stocked almost nothing. Happy Sprouting.

b.."E"..th said...

wow, news to me ... i will have to look into it. thank you for the idea. i am like your boys, that would be fun to watch. reminds me of experiments we did in school. so exciting. ( :

alissa apel said...

I haven't, but I need to. I have the seeds, and a glass grower. I need to get on that.

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam, and Dylan Too! said...

That's impressive that they grow so well! My mom grows them and loves to toss them on her salads when we go to dinner at her house!

Michael Manning said...

Lisa: I have always admired how many projects you have underway simultaneously! :)

Vision By Mila said...

Look at that! So easy!

Starry Dawn said...

HI LISA,
I WISH I HAD A FARM and GROW MY OWN VEGGIES...
ONE DAY, I MIGHT OWN ONE, IF THAT IS GOD'S WILL...
YOUR RECIPES ARE DELICIOUS.
YOU ARE TEACHING US MANY THINGS THROUGH YOUR BLOG POSTS.
THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR WORLD WITH US, LISA!!
GOD MAY BLESS YOU ALL.
CHEERS,
STARRY.

Linda said...

Never liked them much but eat them once in a while.

mail4rosey said...

I've never tried them. This would be fun for the kids to do/watch though, so we might try it!

Annette said...

I like them on my salad. What a very cool idea. (I still don't think I'll be able to tempt my son to eat them though.)

Anne Payne said...

I would love to do this! Sprouts are one of my favorite things to eat in salad.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

My Hubs made me some jars like that and I grow my wheatgrass in them sometimes.